Country star Emmylou Harris has joined forces with animal welfare charity Crossroad Campus to team up abandoned pets with disadvantaged youths and adults.

I just believe we have a sacred responsibility to the creatures that we share the world with

The singer and animal lover regularly hosts dog adoption days and benefit concerts, and even has her own dog-friendly festival, Woofstock, and she has now added the new campaign to her portfolio.

She tells Country Music Television, "It's knowing that a dog could give so much joy to a person or a family and deserves to live out its life being cared for. You know, human beings have kind of created the companion dog over the centuries. "I believe we have a responsibility to all animals, even animals that we eat for food, but don't get me started on that...

I just believe we have a sacred responsibility to the creatures that we share the world with.

They give us so much joy and they improve our lives so much".